By Ryan Gueningsman
An Operation Enduring Freedom veteran and current member of the Wright County Sheriff’s Office will be the guest speaker for Delano’s Memorial Day observance Monday, May 25 at Central Park.
Lieutenant Colonel Mark Hoberg is a Grand Forks, ND native, and enlisted in the Navy in 1974. After serving five years on active duty, he was discharged and joined the Army National Guard. Hoberg attended officer candidate school and was commissioned a second lieutenant infantry in 1982.
Hoberg has since commanded two infantry companies and an armor battalion.
In 2006, he was activated in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and assigned as the team chief of an embedded training team with both the Afghan National Army and the Afghan Border Police.
In December 2006, during combat operations, Hoberg was injured and returned to the United States for medical treatment. He spent 18 months undergoing surgery and physical therapy for the injuries he sustained. In June 2008, he was medically discharged from the United States Army and retired from the military after 33 years of service.
Now in the civilian world, Hoberg is a member of the Wright County Sheriff’s Office. He is married and lives with his wife and two children in Monticello.
Memorial Day observance in Delano
The Delano American Legion Family is planning its annual Memorial Day observance Monday, May 25.
Parade units will assemble at the Delano American Legion Post by 10:15 a.m. The parade will start at 10:30 a.m., stop at the downtown river bridge for a brief ceremony, and then march down River Street to the gazebo at the city park for a program to honor our veterans, featuring Hoberg as the guest speaker.
Following the program at the city park, all in attendance are invited to the American legion Post for a free lunch. A meeting will follow the lunch for all Delano American Legion Post members.
Memorial Day observance in Montrose
The Memorial Day observance for Montrose will be Monday, May 25 at Lions Park beginning at 10 a.m. with a short parade from the Montrose Elementary School, proceeding to the park.
Guest speaker will be Quartermaster and Trustee Bob Putnam of the Wright County VFW Post 1901.
Putnam served in the military as part of the Army of Engineers (1964-66). From August 1965 to March 1966, he served in Vietnam. In the past, he has served on the American Legion gaming committee (1988-1995), as membership chair (commander 1998-1999), district vice commander for the Legion (from 2001 to 2002), and rehabilitation chair (2004-2005).
He is also a member of 40/8 and has served as Chef deGarr, guard a La Porte-ritual team, Chef deTrain. He is also a charter member of the Sons of the American Legion.
In case of rain, the program will be at the Montrose Community Center, and a light lunch will be served following the program.
This event is sponsored by the Wright County VFW Post 1901 and Ladies Auxiliary.
Special program to take place in Loretto
In Loretto, a program will be hosted by the Loretto Community Athletic Association at Arnold Klaers baseball park at 2 p.m. with a bench dedication in honor of LeRoy Blanchette and free admission to the baseball game for veterans Monday, May 25.
The Loretto Larks will take on the Maple Plain Diamond Devils.
Memorial Day observance in Rockford
A Memorial Day observance is set to take place in Rockford Monday, May 25.
A parade starts at 10 a.m. with a stop at the Crow River at Bridge Street for a Navy memorial and then to the Elmwood Cemetery for the memorial service.
The memorial service includes musical selections by the Rockford High School and Middle School bands, honor guard salute by the Wright County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard, and a message by Pastor Richard Newswanger from the Rockford United Presbyterian Church.
The Rockford Lions Club pork chop dinner will be served from 11 a.m. until all are served at the Lions Building in the Riverside Park.
The historic Stork House pie and ice cream social will also take place at the Stork House from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Memorial Day observance in Maple Plain/Independence
Memorial Day services will take place Monday, May 25 at 10:30 a.m. at Lewis Cemetery and are sponsored by the Paul Stinson American Legion Post 514.
National Guard Brigadier General Timothy M. Kennedy (retired) is the guest speaker.